The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the day after President Joe Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he handed a protest memo to the US embassy in Moscow about the incident near the Russian border.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed on Wednesday that the United States and NATO engaged in “military activities” such as “flying by naval vessels and dangerous operations” near the Russian border.
“The US military and its NATO allies have moved to provocation against civilian aircraft that endanger airspace and human life safety,” Zakarowa said in a statement.
As a result, she said the US embassy in Moscow was handed a “note of protest” on December 8 about the alleged case.
Russia, Ukraine and NATO have all stepped up their military exercises due to heightened tensions last month. Russian military planes were scrambled to escort French Rafale and Mirage fighters flying over the Black Sea on Wednesday, the RIA news agency said the Defense Ministry said.
For weeks, Ukrainian leaders have warned US and European allies that Russian troops are rallying along their eastern border. Russia engaged in a similar accumulation before Biden invaded the Crimea region in 2014, when he was Vice President under Barack Obama. It caused international protests and sanctions.
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Biden told reporters Wednesday that “Ukraine’s one-sided troops are not at the table,” and that the United States will not deploy troops in Ukraine.
But Russia “will have serious consequences if it invades Ukraine,” he added. Economic impact. He knows that. “
In detail, Jake Sullivan, Biden’s National Security Adviser, said: I told reporters At the White House, the United States will provide Ukraine with additional defensive resources beyond what Washington already offers.
“We will strengthen the NATO allies on the eastern side with the additional ability to respond to such escalations,” Sullivan said.
And in his first public comment after he spoke to Biden, Putin revealed on Wednesday that Moscow would send ideas to Washington in the coming days on how to resolve their tensions. bottom.
“We have continued this discussion and agreed to do it in a substantive way. We will exchange views in the near future. Russia will literally come up with the idea in the next few days and within a week. We will provide this to the US side for consideration. “Putin I told reporters..
In addition, Putin said it was “provocative” to raise the question of whether Russia had plans to attack Ukraine, and again accused Kiev and NATO of threatening Russia’s security. He said it would be the Russian “criminal omission” that did not respond.
Reuters contributed to this report.